Telling the Art Deco Story of NYC Schools

Dec 6
6:30 pm
8:00 pm
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We are all aware that the 1930s saw much of the world bogged down in the depths of the Great Depression. In marked contrast, the 1930s saw a golden age of architecture and design. As such, it was also a golden age for public school construction in New York City, a decade when many new forward-looking facilities were erected throughout the five boroughs.

Architectural historian Matt Postal will present an illustrated talk on Art Deco schools built under superintendents Walter C. Martin and Eric Kebbon, as well as several trailblazing colleges and universities. Richly embellished facilities like Herman Ridder Junior High School in Morrisania, the High School of Needle Trades (now Fashion Industries) in Chelsea, and Brooklyn High School for Homemaking (now Clara Barton) in Crown Heights, all outstanding examples, will receive special attention. We will also look at certain paragons of higher education, such as modernistic structures designed for the New School for Social Research and Hunter College.

Can't join us at the time of the live event? No problem! Those who register will receive a recording of the entire program a few days after the live presentation. When you sign up for the program you have the opportunity to watch, or rewatch, the recording at a time more convenient for your schedule.